I have a hamper rack on which the hamper portion wore out very quickly. I wanted to recycle the rack as well as use up a lot of fabric scraps, so I drafted a very simple pattern and used a Log Cabin variation to make the front and back. The lining is from some old home dec curtains.
The only repair I did on the rack was to replace two side straps. I cut two pieces 7 x ½ inch of scrap leather (could be from an old purse) and cut a small hole ½ inch from the ends on each piece. I removed the screws on the broken straps and screwed them through the holes on each end to affix the replacement straps.
The rack measures about 16 inches wide x 25 inches high with ½ inch diameter legs – similar to the hamper racks sold by Ikea.
I used pieced blocks for my hamper, but, of course, any kind of fabric could be used. Here is what you will need.
- Hamper rack approx. 16 inches wide x 25 inches tall.
- 2 pieces of fabric 28-1/4 inches wide x 24-¼ inches long for hamper bag
- 2 pieces of fabric 28-¼ inches wide x 24-¼ inches long for bag lining
- 10 pieces of fabric 4 inches wide x 6 inches long for tabs
- 10 pieces of Velcro ¾ inch wide for tabs
- Place hamper bag fabric right sides together and sew with ¼ inch seams along two sides and bottom.
- Keeping right sides together, at each side seam on the bottom edge, mark and cut out a 2-½ inch square.
- Fold the cutout portion of the bag together, placing the seam in the center …..
…and sew a ¼ inch seam.
- Repeat for the other corner. Turn and press.
- Use the same procedure to sew the lining.
- Make a mark at the top center front of bag. Then mark 3-3/4 inches two places on either side of the center. Repeat with back of bag.
- Pin a square of each set of Velcro pieces centered over each mark with the top of the Velcro patch ¾ inch from top raw edge. Stitch in place. Repeat for back of bag.
- Along 4 inch edge of the tab fabric, press edge ¼ inch to wrong side of fabric.
- Fold piece in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
- Open fabric and fold each side to meet at the center fold. Press.
- Fold in half lengthwise and press. Top stitch around sides and bottom of piece. Repeat with remaining 4×6 pieces of fabric.
- On the finished edge of each strap, sew a ¾ x ¾ inch piece of Velcro.
- On the wrong side of each tab, mark 1-½ inches from the raw edge. Place tab inside bag at top edge, wrong sides together, matching 1-½ inch mark with top pressed edge and aligning with the matching piece of Velcro below. Pin. Repeat with remaining tabs.
- Place lining inside the bag, wrong sides together, matching corners.
- Pin every two inches along the top edge.
- Top- stitch 1/8 inch from top edge, being sure to catch the 1/4 inch of fabric turned under on the bag and lining.
- Place on rack, looping tabs over the rack and securing with the Velcro patches.
The hamper can be folded for storage.
This makes a nice storage unit for lightweight toys (think stuffed animals), sewing, clothing, towels, etc.